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Korg LP-380 88-Keys Grand Digital Piano (Rosewood Black)

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Adorama has Korg LP-380 88-Keys Grand Digital Piano (Rosewood Black) on sale for $799. Shipping is free.

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  • Slim and Stylish Design
  • High-Quality Musical Instrument Produced by Expert Craftsman in Kyoto, Japan
  • Rich, Dynamic Acoustic Piano Sounds that are Enjoyable to Play
  • High-Output Amp Section Produces Plenty of Volume
  • RH3 (Real Weighted Hammer Action 3) Keyboard
  • Reduced Chassis, Package Size, and Weight
  • Three-Pedal Design with Half-Damper Support
  • USB MIDI/Audio
  • Korg 3 Year Limited Warranty

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I think this goes down to this price every 2 months or so. I bought it last time and it is very nice and compact. Our piano teacher thought it was a ~$2k piano when she used it. Happy with the purchase so far but there are 2 things I don't like about it (not a deal breaker because these also make it compact). Book stand it work just ok but it may be difficult to keep the book in pace sometimes. The other is when you sit you may hit your knee to the speaker mounted underneath the keyboard so you may have to be careful.
I actually have both, this LP-380U and the FP-10 (FRP-1 from Costco). Here's what I like about each, and don't like about each:

FP-10 Like:

Heavy action (that's a personal preference)
Action simulates hammer touching the string, has a unique feel when you press down the key
Dynamics are decent to control
Ivory touch of the keys, feels like provide a bit better grip
MIDI over USB - great for using with a VST

FP-10 Dislike:

Keys are a tad slow to return, makes it difficult to play very fast repeating keys or certain trills
Pedal is very annoying. Gotta chase it like a mouse. Quite literally. Can be upgraded for ~50 but I believe it's still only a on/off pedal. Which means you can't do half-pedaling
Keys feel plasticy. Not the touch of the keys, but they lack the mass of a solid wooden key (to be expected)
Action a tad noisy (if you care about it)
No lid. I've had mine for a year and it's gotten quite dusty. Dust is not good for the sensors
Music stand lacks a bit of a rail to keep printed sheets from sliding off. Books might be ok. I put double-sided tape on the bottom and stuck cabinet liner to it. Now sheets don't slide off anymore

LP-380U Likes:

Keys return more rapidly, allows playing faster pieces
Action is more quiet compared to the FP-10
Keys feel a tad more solid, but don't have the ivory feel
More realistic pedal which can do half-pedaling
All 3 pedals (ok, you don't get all 4...) and they are fixed to the frame
Built-in lid
MIDI over USB - great for using with a VST

LP-380U Dislikes:

Keys feel a bit springy, as in they seem to require too little force to push down
Dynamics are much more difficult to control. It does have 3 sensitivity settings, but I'm not really liking any of them. The "hardest" is in my opinion the best, but still hard to control dynamics. Basically, how "loud" or "hard" a note sounds depending on how soft or hard you press a key.
Doesn't save settings, every power on reverts almost all settings to the default
Music "stand" isn't great for printed sheets as there isn't anything backing the paper, so it just curves and falls off. Might be ok for books. I just put a piece of card board behind the printed sheets, which solves the problem

Note that I use both pianos with Pianoteq, so I don't use the built-in speakers. Pianoteq allows me to customize the velocity curve, and I have found a curve that makes controlling dynamics on the LP-380U more reasonable. Still harder than it should be in my opinion.

I am also a bit spoiled as I also have a Yamaha Clavinova with wooden keys. None of these two come even close to the feel of playing on the Yamaha. But that's to be expected, it's a totally different price range. Note that I haven't touched an acoustic piano in decades, so I honestly don't know anymore how all three of mine compare to real ones. But action is wildly different on those anyway, so...

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02-02-2023 at 12:33 PM.
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I'm surprised this isn't like 10% higher due to inflation
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02-02-2023 at 01:53 PM.
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people aren't buying pianos. sales have tanked. Mad
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02-02-2023 at 02:19 PM.
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Quote from xtp :
people aren't buying pianos. sales have tanked. Mad
Is this a good deal?
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02-02-2023 at 02:57 PM.
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799 has come up so often it's basically the standard price now,

750 lowest on record, idk, if you guys want slicker, maybe wait for $700 laugh out loud
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02-02-2023 at 02:50 PM.
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I do not think "Grand piano" means what they think it means Frown
(but that nit aside, Korg does make some good keyboards!)
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02-02-2023 at 02:53 PM.
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Is this a good price point to consider? Have been planning for a while to get one. I am at a beginners level to make a decision. Suggestions will be appreciated.
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02-02-2023 at 03:19 PM.
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how heavy is it. grand piano usually needs four heavily built people to move it.

Edit: found it. 82 lb including stand.
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02-02-2023 at 03:29 PM.
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How does this compare to the LP-180
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02-02-2023 at 03:42 PM.
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Also is this the long-380 u or the older version
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02-02-2023 at 05:40 PM.
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It's the U. You can see the U at the end of the model number on the link.
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02-02-2023 at 04:38 PM.
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I think this goes down to this price every 2 months or so. I bought it last time and it is very nice and compact. Our piano teacher thought it was a ~$2k piano when she used it. Happy with the purchase so far but there are 2 things I don't like about it (not a deal breaker because these also make it compact). Book stand it work just ok but it may be difficult to keep the book in pace sometimes. The other is when you sit you may hit your knee to the speaker mounted underneath the keyboard so you may have to be careful.
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02-03-2023 at 01:03 AM.
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Get some slick amps and big speakers, it'll sound better than a $10k piano. Big Grin
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02-03-2023 at 01:02 AM.
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It's the U. You can see the U at the end of the model number on the link.
Just want to say some people who play with synths actually like the older version with midi ports.

But most new ones sold are the USB version. Including this one.
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02-03-2023 at 01:10 PM.
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So does that mean we can't record the midi file?

Thanks!
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